So when Arkansas officially hired Chad Morris on Wednesday, it was a win-win for all involved. According to multiple reports, Morris is finalizing the details of his new contract with the Hogs. The following season, the 49-year-old Morris took over an SMU program that had fallen apart. He went 2-10 in his first season with a program that had won just one in the previous season and improved to 5-7 in 2016. This season, Morris' third with the program, the Mustangs will play Louisiana Tech in the Frisco Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance since 2012. Morris' offensive scheme was exactly what SMU needed, as it increased its scoring output by 16.7 points per game - the second-largest increase in the nation in 2015.
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Morris played a key role in helping Dabo Swinney bring Clemson to its current status as a national power as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2011 to '14. Hunter Yurachek was hired from Houston on Monday. Prior to joining the college ranks, Morris had an extensive high school coaching career in Texas where he compiled an overall record of 169-38.
Other candidates for the Arkansas job included Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Memphis coach Mike Norvell, who agreed to a contract extension Tuesday to remain at the school.